The Third Twin

  • by Ken Follett
  • Narrated by January LaVoy
  • 15 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The study of twins and the genetics of aggression totally consumes research scientist Jeannie Ferrami. An accomplished and headstrong researcher, Jeannie has developed a sophisticated software program to identify identical twins reared apart. But Jeannie's breakthrough project is threatened by the appearance of a sudden impossibility - identical twins born weeks apart to different mothers at separate locations.
When Jeannie's research assistant, Lisa, is raped, Steve Logan, a young law student who is one of Jeannie's research subjects, is identified in a police lineup as Lisa's attacker. Logan's genetic tests reveal no violent behavior patterns. Then Jeannie stumbles upon the beginnings of a stunning revelation. Logan is unaware of the existence of a criminal twin brother in jail. Jeannie is convinced of Steve's innocence, yet her judgment may be clouded by her growing emotional attachment to him. By now Jeannie's problems are mounting.
Berrington Jones, Jeannie's arrogant and intimidating boss, is a world-renowned authority on biotechnical engineering. He and his partners are involved in devious but lucrative negotiations to sell Genetco, their biogenetic research company. Jeannie's research poses a major threat to their impending millions. Jones arranges to have Jeannie fired.
Stunned and feeling helpless, Jeannie doesn't understand why this has happened to her. With Steve and his brother in jail, who is committing these sex crimes? While acting on a hunch that might solve the mystery surrounding Steve and his brother's birth, Jeannie is violently attacked by yet another twin who looks exactly like Steve. Determined to protect her research program, and convinced her former boss has something important to hide, a terrified Jeannie has no other choice but to find out why Jones and his partners will stop at nothing to discredit her work.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Still a Ken Follett fan - even after this.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It seems more for an adolescent audience.


Has The Third Twin turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I enjoy this type of fiction, and I still love Ken Follett's writing.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her delivery attempted to give the characters more substance than what the author gave them. This resulted in over dramatization that only succeeded in making the characters and the story less believable. Ms. LaVoy's voice is, however, pleasant, and she did a pretty good job creating variety in the voices of the different characters.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Third Twin?

I'm afraid that it would be easier to select a scene that should be left in the book.


Any additional comments?

I have read and listened to hours and hours of Ken Follett's writing, and I have enjoyed his story lines as well as his character development. I found myself checking the title page several times throughout listening to this book, though, to try to convince myself that it was, indeed, a Ken Follett work. The premise wasn't bad, it just lacked any real development of the story line. The characters were flat and not very believable, and Mr. Follett's use of sex throughout the book trivialized rather than enhanced both the characters and the story.

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- Dana Williams

Should have listened to other reviewers

When I read the reviews, I kept thinking "oh, come on, it's Ken Follett!! How bad can he be?!!!" The answer: AWFUL. He must have written this over a weekend. AVOID. The unnecessary violence is not just wrong because it's (a) violent and (b) unnecessary, it is also (c) badly written. The "plot" is absurd. Never mind the ridiculous coincidences that make all these cardboard characters come together....the "genetics" professor will not figure out the explanation of the "mystery" until EIGHT AND A HALF HOURS of "story." The average reader figures it out eight hours earlier. #trash #avoid
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- cristina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio